Kip­pin breaks Avon record

Midland Reporter - - Sport -

FORMER sin­gles and dou­bles marathon cham­pion Josh Kip­pin broke a decade-long record in win­ning the sin­gle marathon kayak race at the Avon De­scent.

With the high­est water lev­els in a decade, records were bro­ken as 154 kayak­ers, ca­noeists and pad­dlers fin­ished the 124km race from Northam to Bayswa­ter at the week­end.

Kip­pin, a former na­tional sin­gles and dou­bles cham­pion, fin­ished with a time of 7.34.14 ahead of former dou­bles part­ner Bren­dan Rice (7.36.51) and Wil­liam Lee (7.58.32).

His ti­tle comes af­ter win­ning the 10km state ca­noe championships at Lake Leschenaultia in Jan­uary.

Long-time kayaker Sam Pil­ton won the fe­male sin­gle marathon kayak and was the fourth quick­est over­all sin­gle kayaker with a time of 9.05.54.

In the 10hp sports power­boat cat­e­gory, Jay Bran­son, who was rac­ing in his 25th Avon De­scent, broke a record with part­ner Justin Fer­gu­son with a time of 2.08.21.

Sam Mccoy and Paul Gen­ovesi took out the dou­ble marathon kayak in 8.03.23.

SUP pad­dler Paul Hep­worth won the first-ever SUP sin­gle race in 12.30.31.

Bayswa­ter Mayor Dan Bull con­grat­u­lated the com­peti­tors who braved the wild weather in one of the fastest races in several years.

“We’re proud to host this iconic fin­ish line event each year,” he said.

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